Feeds

European Parliament votes against ACTA legal review

Quick vote this June could kill treaty

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

The European Parliament (EP) has voted overwhelmingly not to refer the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) for judicial review, but instead to strike while the iron is hot and vote on the treaty this June.

The EP's International Trade Committee voted 21 to five against referring the controversial treaty to the European Court of Justice (ECOJ), which had been scheduled to examine the text and see if it interfered with the existing rights and responsibilities of EU citizens.

The vote means that ACTA will now come before the EP in a straight vote in June, and a no vote would obviate the entire treaty.

"If ACTA dies in European Parliament, then it's a permakill, and the monopoly lobbies will have to start fighting uphill," blogged Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party. "If ACTA passes, the same monopolists get tons of new powers to use, and close the door for the foreseeable future behind the legislators for a very necessary reform of the copyright and patent monopolies."

Falkvinge suggested that the European Commission had initially suggested the ECOJ review as a method of taking some of the wind out of protestor's sails, after a series of mass demonstrations against ACTA across the EU. The ECOJ review could have taken years, but instead he said the EU had ten weeks to satisfy the concerns of citizens or reject the treaty.

"The Commission and the rapporteur's tricks have been avoided," said Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for internet rights group La Quadrature du Net, in a statement, "and the Parliament can now proceed with its works on ACTA. MEPs will have to shed the light on the democratic and political issues raised by ACTA, such as the extra-judicial measures aimed at stepping up the repression of online sharing."

Pro- and anti-ACTA forces now have a clear deadline to work towards, and will be marshaling their forces to mobilize support. So far over two million people have signed a petition against ACTA, and the EP vote will determine whether Germany, Poland, and other EU states will ratify the agreement. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012
Thanks for the £3k, Zuck. Doh! you're IN CREDIT. Guess not
DOUBLE BONK: Testy fanbois catch Apple Pay picking pockets
Users wail as tapcash transactions are duplicated
Happiness economics is bollocks. Oh, UK.gov just adopted it? Er ...
Opportunity doesn't knock; it costs us instead
YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results
Spaffing copyrighted stuff over the web? No search ranking for you
In the next four weeks, 100 people will decide the future of the web
While America tucks into Thanksgiving turkey, the world will be taking over the net
Microsoft EU warns: If you have ties to the US, Feds can get your data
European corps can't afford to get complacent while American Big Biz battles Uncle Sam
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.